Lautenberg honored in service at NJ rail station

ANGELA DELLI SANTI
June 5, 2013
Lautenberg honored in service at NJ rail station

NEW YORK (AP) — A casket carrying the late U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg has arrived at a New Jersey train station named for him.

An honor guard of drums and bagpipes performed "God Bless America" and taps before a brief service Wednesday.

The casket is being taken to Washington by a private Amtrak train making a special stop at the Secaucus station, which normally only handles local rail service.

It's part of a tribute to a senator known as an ardent backer of the rail service. Lautenberg's support for Amtrak was noted by his family and by Vice President Joe Biden during his funeral earlier in New York.

The casket is to arrive at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday and lie in repose in the Senate. Lautenberg is to be buried Friday at Arlington National Cemetery.